Lewes 0-0 St Albans City


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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12 Responses

  1. Bonfire Boy says:

    Decent article and thanks for coming along to the Pan. Siggy did indeed make a huge difference when he was finally introduced and probably should have come on earlier.

    The reason for the half price admission was more to do with this being a rearranged game (after the first was ‘fogged off’ at half time) and not wanted to charge supporters full price twice.

    Come on you Rooks…keep believing

  2. An excellent article.

    Good luck to Lewes on their bid to stay up!

  3. gaz says:

    excellent article, cheers
    spot on about Gibson, why is he still there


  4. AFF says:

    Hi 200%
    Just a small point of order if I may.
    I think you will find that Ian Ridley’s two people who wanted to take over the club from Gibbo declared that they intended to make £100,000 available for the running of the club. They did not offer Gibbo £100,000 for his shareholding as your piece might imply. (Don’t try it unless you want your hand snatched off, by the way!)
    Hope you’re keeping well, IK.

  5. Mandrake says:

    I beg to differ. I was at the Saints City Trust SGM (a meeting which you did not attend) on March16th, when Ian Ridley spoke and said that a six figure offer had been made to John Gibson to take over the club some 2 or 3 weeks prior to that meeting. Not to make that amount available for the running of the club but to take over the club. Seems pretty clear to me. This was also re-iterated in the interview with Tony Watts on 3 Counties Radio this morning.

  6. AFF says:

    With all due respect to Tony Watts, he wasn’t present.
    The matter is easily resolved by telephoning Ian Ridley (as I ahve done) and he will confirm that there was no question of an offer being made to Gibbo to purchase his, Gibbo’s, shares at a price of £100,000. That sum was to be made available to fund the football club for the future.

  7. AFF says:

    ..and one more small thing, Mandrake.

    As you were present at the Trust meeting, perhaps you will confirm the conditions to be attached to the Trust’s offer to fund £4,000 of repairs and maintenance at Clarence Park from their cash reserves of £14,000. I hear that amongst their demands from Gibbo was a shareholding in the company that is the club.

    Please confirm.

  8. Mandrake says:

    With respect to you, AFF, Tony Watts was present. Call him. On your second point, I am not obliged to confirm anything to you. Your political shenanigans are getting somewhat tiresome and don’t help anyone or anything, especially the club.

  9. AFF says:

    Thanks for that, Mandrake.
    Firstly, there is some confusion between us. I meant that Tony Watts was not present at the meetings between Ian Ridley and Gibbo. He may have been present at the Trust members meeting
    Secondly, for the avoidance of all doubt, Ian’s two people did NOT offer Giiboo £100,000 for his shareholding in the company that is the club. They said that they had £100,000 available to fund the club once they had secured it from him.
    Thirdly, the Trust continues to hide behind the mantra of open-ness and transparency. A closed meeting took place at which 40 members present out of a total memebrship of 150+ voted to offer to fund ground repairs at Clarence Park to the tune of £4,000. The fact that conditions were to be imposed upon that offer was not mentioned in the subsequent press release, let alone any details of the conditions themselves. And no-one will answer that question now. And that’s open-ness and transparency is it? It’s a secret society. And that’s ‘helping the club’ is it?
    And those on the Trusts’s un-official message board are outraged at Gibbo’s alleged secrecy. “He won’t answer any questions” etc. etc. And the Acting Officers of the Trust have had several meetings with Giobbo and other directors at which the finances of the football club were presented. If those Officers weren’t satisfied at the figures presenetd, why not say so? Rather, they remain silent and allow accusations to be directed at Gibbo whcich aren’t true. And there are plenty of reasons to criticise Gigbbo which are entirely justified.
    Pot, kettle and black.

    A plague on both your houses.

  10. Mandrake says:

    You seem to be having a bad day AFF. Don’t worry it’ll probably get better.

  11. NottyImp says:

    Oh no, bad days like that invariably get worse. :)

  12. K. says:

    Everybody knows that AFF has a hidden agenda against the Trust. I’m surprised that nobody has ever asked him why! No doubt he would avoid the question and not tell you the truth anyway.

    He is obsessed with criticising but never provides any ideas of his own. AFF if you have a question why dont you just go and speak to someone from the Trust on Saturday at the match rather than spouting off everywhere?

    You are becoming a total laughing stock. Rather than turning people against the Trust as is your desire, you are in fact doing exactly the opposite and making people despise you for your pointless negativity.

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